A fire at a chicken slaughterhouse in China’s northern Jilin province killed at least 119 people Monday, bringing the country’s industrial safety issues under the microscope, The Wall Street Journal reported. State media interviewed workers at the facility, owned by Jilin Baoyuanfeng Poultry, who said that all but one of the doors to the plant were locked from the outside. Provincial officials said that an ammonia leak sparked an explosion, causing the fire. China President Xi Jinping has ordered further investigation into the incident while continuing his Americas tour, promising legal punishment for those responsible, Bloomberg reported, citing a statement on the central government’s website.
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